World T20, 31st Match, Super 10 Group 2: India v Australia at Mohali, Mar 27, 2016

Australia 160/6 (20/20 ov)

India 161/4 (19.1/20 ov)
India won by 6 wickets (with 5 balls remaining)
India RR 8.40
Last 5 ovs 67/0 RR 13.40
Australia RR 8.00


Current time 22:58 local, 17:28 GMT T20I Career
Batsmen R B 4s 6s SR This bowler Last 5 ovs
MS Dhoni (rhb) 18 10 3 0 180.00 6 (2b) 18 (9b)
Virat Kohli (rhb) 82 51 9 2 160.78 20 (11b) 47 (21b)
Mat Runs HS SR
67 1026 48* 121.42
42 1552 90* 132.99
Bowlers O M R W Econ 0s 4s 6s This spell
James Faulkner (lfm) 3.1 0 35 1 11.05 4 4 1 1.1-0-22-0
Nathan Coulter-Nile (rf) 4.0 0 33 1 8.25 10 6 0 1-0-16-0
Mat Wkts BBI Econ
19 27 5/27 8.19
17 21 4/31 8.18

Current partnership 67 runs, 5.1 overs, RR: 12.96 (Dhoni 18, Kohli 47)


Last bat Yuvraj Singh c Watson b Faulkner 21 (18b 1×4 1×6) SR: 116.66

Fall of wicket 94/4 (13.6 ov); Partnership: 45 runs, 6.2 overs, RR: 7.10 (Yuvraj Singh 21, Kohli 22)


10.58 pm They are still chanting his name in the stands, I can hear fireworks go off outside my window. India are in the semi-finals, the only team from the subcontinent to make it to the final four. And it is all thanks to Kohli.

19.1

Faulkner to Dhoni, FOUR, that’s the game! Dhoni has finished it with five balls to spare. Kohli sinks to the ground as the low full toss disappears to the wide long-on boundary. What a performance from the man, I can see relief on Kohli’s face, he looks exhausted, he has pulled off a jaw-dropping chase. Again.

Joseph: “Australia’s complete lack of quality spinners has finally come home to roost in this game. They should have had this utterly in the bag, but this dreadful bowling at the death has cost them.” And Kohli.

Nikhil: “Kohli makes every run chase look like the best run chase of his career. It’s surreal. What a cricketer! The temperatent reminds me of Dravid in Tests. Absolutely determined. ”

Shashank: “Let’s just say this, he is the best around in the world and when chasing I wonder if there is anyone on other planets that can come any close to this man. Oh Kohli! Oh Kohli !”

End of over 19 (16 runs) India 157/4 (4 runs required from 6 balls, RR: 8.26, RRR: 4.00)

    • V Kohli 82 (51b 9×4 2×6)
    • MS Dhoni 14 (9b 2×4 0x6)
    • NM Coulter-Nile 4-0-33-1
    • JP Faulkner 3-0-31-1
18.6

Coulter-Nile to Kohli, FOUR, in the slot for the cover drive, full and outside off, that’s food and drink for Kohli, he unfurls his favourite shot, that drive and it is too good for every man on the field, he has bossed this chase and how

18.5

Coulter-Nile to Kohli, no run, Kohli steps out and swings across the line, beaten by a slower short of a length ball

18.4

Coulter-Nile to Kohli, FOUR, Kohli is toying with the bowling and the field, he steps out, to a length ball and lofts on the up flat over extra cover, this is batting of the highest calibre, this game is all but done

18.3

Coulter-Nile to Kohli, FOUR, short ball on leg stump, Kohli is too good to miss out, fine leg is in the circle, Kohli pulls, and beats the fielder in the circle

18.2

Coulter-Nile to Kohli, FOUR, a half volley outside off stump, Kohli stays so balanced, so still in his crease, uses his wrists to open the face of the bat and square drive through point, superb knowledge of where the field is

hadi: “I hate to say this but I’m beginning to put Kohli ahead of AB. What a master.”

18.1

Coulter-Nile to Kohli, no run, the slower ball short of a length outside off, Kohli pulls too early and is beaten

19 runs off that over. India need 20 off two overs. Dhoni has a problem with his back, or is it the side of his stomach? The physio is out there. It’s all this incredible running. I’ve seen this happen to visiting teams at the MCG, not often the Australians are on the receiving end of this.

This break is letting Kohli and Dhoni get their breath back!

End of over 18 (19 runs) India 141/4 (20 runs required from 12 balls, RR: 7.83, RRR: 10.00)

    • MS Dhoni 14 (9b 2×4 0x6)
    • V Kohli 66 (45b 5×4 2×6)
    • JP Faulkner 3-0-31-1
    • SR Watson 4-0-23-2
17.6

Faulkner to Dhoni, 2 runs

17.5

Faulkner to Kohli, 1 leg bye, goes wide of the crease and angles the ball into the pads, Kohli tries to play a whippy drive but inside edges into the pad

17.4

Faulkner to Kohli, 2 runs, Warner runs to his right from long on but can’t prevent the second, Kohli’s wrists are too good, they drive the ball just wide of fielders to convert ones into twos

Adil Shah: “Game over for Australia ”

17.3

Faulkner to Kohli, SIX, oh my word, they go berserk as the ball sails over the wide long off boundary! Kohli steps out of his crease and lofts the short of a length ball through the line, it didn’t look like he timed that perfectly but the ball sails over

Mohali is chanting his name.

17.2

Faulkner to Kohli, FOUR

17.1

Faulkner to Kohli, FOUR, short ball and Kohli meets it on the front foot and pulls in front of deep backward square leg, sensational timing and India are four runs closer

India need 39 off 18.

End of over 17 (8 runs) India 122/4 (39 runs required from 18 balls, RR: 7.17, RRR: 13.00)

    • MS Dhoni 12 (8b 2×4 0x6)
    • V Kohli 50 (40b 3×4 1×6)
    • SR Watson 4-0-23-2
    • JR Hazlewood 4-0-38-0

Watson finishes with 2 for 23, he’s been outstanding today for Australia. Will he bowl again in international cricket?

16.6

Watson to Dhoni, FOUR, short of a length with width outside off, Dhoni slashes and gets a thick outside edge to the third man boundary.

Mazhar Shehzaad: “kohli’s mandatory 50 – check”

16.5

Watson to Kohli, 1 leg bye

16.4

Watson to Dhoni, 1 run, superb yorker, Dhoni digs it out on the leg side

Kohli seems to be telling the umpire that it should be the bouncer for the over.

16.3

Watson to Kohli, 1 run, another 50 for Kohli, he gets there by swatting a short ball to deep midwicket, he barely celebrates, did not even raise his bat, he looks super determined and knows the job is far from done

16.2

Watson to Dhoni, 1 run, short of a length and wide outside off, Dhoni cuts hard to deep point, just the single this time because it was hit powerfully

16.1

Watson to Dhoni, no run, charges the bowler and ends up yorking himself, Dhoni gets a thick inside edge on to his boot and back towards the bowler

Watson returns. India need almost two runs a ball. Kohli on 49, another masterful innings in a chase.

End of over 16 (12 runs) India 114/4 (47 runs required from 24 balls, RR: 7.12, RRR: 11.75)

    • V Kohli 49 (38b 3×4 1×6)
    • MS Dhoni 6 (4b 1×4 0x6)
    • JR Hazlewood 4-0-38-0
    • SR Watson 3-0-16-2
15.6

Hazlewood to Kohli, 2 runs, two more, this is incredible running, Kohli steps out and flicks the ball off his toes, he and Dhoni are absolutely steaming between the wickets, #mohalisobig that the Aussies are struggling to keep these to ones

15.5

Hazlewood to Kohli, 2 runs, driven to deep cover and there’s no problem with the running between the wickets anymore, Dhoni and Kohli race through for two, they are turning it on now

15.4

Hazlewood to Kohli, FOUR, incredible placement! Kohli steps out to a short of a length ball and whips it with lovely use of his wrists, generating lots of power and piercing the gap between long on and deep midwicket

15.3

Hazlewood to Kohli, 2 runs, another fumble in the field, Finch at deep cover this time, Kohli is able to convert his cracking cover drive for a single into two runs

15.2

Hazlewood to Kohli, 2 runs, short of a length and straight, Kohli pulls to deep midwicket and takes on Maxwell’s arm! He dives desperately to make his crease but the throw from Maxwell was wide of the stumps

15.1

Hazlewood to Kohli, no run, Hazlewood returns and bowls a slower ball on a good length just outside off, a cutter, Kohli charged and tried to hit through cover but missed

DaGanXsta: “59 from 30, not impossible with usual Dhoni on the pitch. Be afraid Aussies, be very afraid…”

End of over 15 (8 runs) India 102/4 (59 runs required from 30 balls, RR: 6.80, RRR: 11.80)

    • V Kohli 37 (32b 2×4 1×6)
    • MS Dhoni 6 (4b 1×4 0x6)
    • SR Watson 3-0-16-2
    • JP Faulkner 2-0-13-1
14.6

Watson to Kohli, 1 run, a full ball on off stump, Kohli plays a punchy drive to long off

14.5

Watson to Dhoni, 1 run, steps out of his crease and plays a cracking cut but Coulter-Nile dives to his right at point to save the boundary

14.4

Watson to Dhoni, FOUR, the slower short ball and Dhoni pulls, and pulls wide enough of Hazlewood on the long leg boundary to get four

14.3

Watson to Kohli, 1 run, played towards mid-on and they run the first one urgently but Warner rushes in from the deep and prevents the second

14.2

Watson to Dhoni, 1 run, steps out of his crease to a short of a length ball and pushes it towards long on for a single

14.1

Watson to Dhoni, no run, a full ball on off and middle, Dhoni pushes it back to the bowler

Dhoni is the new batsman.

bharat thej: “Watson Watson and Watson every where and he is the man who always bothered the indians. Even in the aussie tour.”

And here’s Watson.

End of over 14 (5 runs) India 94/4 (67 runs required from 36 balls, RR: 6.71, RRR: 11.16)

    • V Kohli 35 (30b 2×4 1×6)
    • JP Faulkner 2-0-13-1
    • A Zampa 2-0-11-0
13.6

Faulkner to Yuvraj Singh, OUT, a superb catch! Watson is having a great night! The slower short of a length ball stopped on the left-hander outside off stump. Yuvraj pushed hard at the ball and then checked his shot but it was too late. It lobbed in the air towards cover and Watson covered good ground, running back and to his right from extra cover to take a tumbling catch

Yuvraj Singh c Watson b Faulkner 21 (18b 1×4 1×6) SR: 116.66

13.5

Faulkner to Kohli, 1 run, Kohli steps out again and hits the ball towards long off for a single

13.4

Faulkner to Yuvraj Singh, 1 run, short ball, slower too, Yuvraj pulls to wide long on but slips as he completes the first so there’s no chance for a second

13.3

Faulkner to Kohli, 1 run

Sameer: “RRR upwards of 10. Check!”

Deepanshu: “partnership of Yuvraj and kohli… Check!”

13.2

Faulkner to Yuvraj Singh, 1 run, steps out of his crease but then checks his shot because he isn’t to the pitch of the ball, punches it past the bowler for a single

13.1

Faulkner to Kohli, 1 run, Kohli steps out and towards leg to turn a length ball off the pads through square leg

Anant: “Six from Yuvi … Check!”

Newton: “Watching this on my iPad on my honeymoon in Florence, Italy. The wife dragged me to the sauna and India lost three. I’m staying put for the next forty!!!”

Faulkner returns …

End of over 13 (9 runs) India 89/3 (72 runs required from 42 balls, RR: 6.84, RRR: 10.28)

    • V Kohli 32 (27b 2×4 1×6)
    • Yuvraj Singh 19 (15b 1×4 1×6)
    • A Zampa 2-0-11-0
    • GJ Maxwell 2-0-18-0
12.6

Zampa to Kohli, 1 run, bowled wide outside leg stump, Kohli reaches for it and plays through square leg

12.5

Zampa to Kohli, no run, cut hard off the back foot but to the fielder at point

12.4

Zampa to Yuvraj Singh, 1 leg bye, another short ball, but Yuvraj misses the pull and gets hit on the pads right in front of the stumps, but I think it pitched outside leg so that can’t be lbw

12.3

Zampa to Yuvraj Singh, SIX, a loose, friendly full toss and Yuvraj puts it into the stands at cow corner, just stood in his crease and smacked it cleanly

12.2

Zampa to Yuvraj Singh, no run, the googly does not come on to the bat and Yuvraj can’t beat point with the cut

dave: “lucky escape for Australia; they want to keep Yuvraj out there for as long as possible. Good work by Nevile, i’d say, if it was Dhoni (as commentary suggested) he would have just lost the game! ”

12.1

Zampa to Kohli, 1 run, nudged off the front foot through midwicket, Yuvraj says no to the second again

End of over 12 (12 runs) India 80/3 (81 runs required from 48 balls, RR: 6.66, RRR: 10.12)

    • V Kohli 30 (24b 2×4 1×6)
    • Yuvraj Singh 13 (12b 1×4 0x6)
    • GJ Maxwell 2-0-18-0
    • A Zampa 1-0-3-0
11.6

Maxwell to Kohli, 1 run, driven to long on to make it 12 runs off the over

11.5

Maxwell to Yuvraj Singh, 1 run, pushed gently through midwicket for one more

11.4

Maxwell to Kohli, 1 run, played on the off side for a single

11.3

Maxwell to Kohli, 2 runs, pushed into the huge gap at midwicket and this time they are charging back for the second, Maxwell does the fielding himself and fires the throw towards the non-striker’s stumps but Yuvraj is safe

11.2

Maxwell to Kohli, SIX, that’s it, yells an Australian player, as Kohli seems to have mis-timed the loft to long-off. He was off balance and the bat turned as he made contact, but the timing was still good enough to clear the fielder on the boundary. Just. Incredible.

11.1

Maxwell to Yuvraj Singh, 1 run, a short ball outside off, driven gently to long off for a single

This is steadily getting out of hand for India. Not enough spice in their recipe.

End of over 11 (3 runs) India 68/3 (93 runs required from 54 balls, RR: 6.18, RRR: 10.33)

    • V Kohli 20 (20b 2×4 0x6)
    • Yuvraj Singh 11 (10b 1×4 0x6)
    • A Zampa 1-0-3-0
    • GJ Maxwell 1-0-6-0
10.6

Zampa to Kohli, no run, hits the drive hard and straight towards the bowler, Zampa does well to get his body behind the shot

10.5

Zampa to Kohli, no run, Kohli cuts off the back foot but can’t beat point

10.4

Zampa to Yuvraj Singh, 1 run, gets forward and pushes towards long on for one more

10.3

Zampa to Kohli, 1 run, pushed down the ground for a single

10.2

Zampa to Yuvraj Singh, 1 run, played behind square leg for a single

10.1

Zampa to Yuvraj Singh, no run, the googly and there’s an appeal for a stumping! Yuvraj poked from his crease at a ball that ripped past the outside edge. His back foot was grounded behind the crease, but then it lifted, and while it was in the air Nevill began to move his gloves towards the stumps but then stopped, and when he did take off the bails the foot was back down. Nevill’s missed a trick here, Dhoni would have had the batsman

Mazahir: “It doesn’t look fine for Yuvraj Singh to continue in this condition. Dhoni should step in, otherwise it will hurt India in taking quick singles and converting doubles.”The legspinner Zampa to bowl for the first time today.

End of over 10 (6 runs) India 65/3 (96 runs required from 60 balls, RR: 6.50, RRR: 9.60)

    • V Kohli 19 (17b 2×4 0x6)
    • Yuvraj Singh 9 (7b 1×4 0x6)
    • GJ Maxwell 1-0-6-0
    • NM Coulter-Nile 3-0-17-1
9.6

Maxwell to Kohli, 2 runs, driven to wide long-on and will they run a second this time? Warner fumbles and so it’s an easy second but Kohli now wants a third but Yuvraj says no

9.5

Maxwell to Yuvraj Singh, 1 run, played off the pads through midwicket for a single

9.4

Maxwell to Kohli, 1 run, leans forward and drives the ball towards wide long-on, Virat wants the second but Yuvraj says no, his leg may not be good enough for hard-run runs yet

9.3

Maxwell to Kohli, no run, played back to the bowler

9.2

Maxwell to Yuvraj Singh, 1 run, he isn’t hobbling anymore, is Yuvraj. He dabs the quick and flat ball behind point for a single

9.1

Maxwell to Kohli, 1 run

Hussain: “Are batsmen allowed runners anymore?” No, runners have been abolished from cricket for a few years now.

skr: “Dhoni looking as cool as a cucumber *check* looking for a new brilliant way to finish off the innings again”

Yuvraj is getting his ankle strapped by the physio.

Harsh Daga: “Then can’t he go off and come back late like Fletcher did earlier? Kohli thrives on running those quick singles and doubles.” He can, but it looks like he is staying on.

Desmond: “”Mathews on one leg made a half ton yesterday. There’s inspiration for Yuvraj there””

End of over 9 (9 runs) India 59/3 (102 runs required from 11 overs, RR: 6.55, RRR: 9.27)

    • V Kohli 15 (13b 2×4 0x6)
    • Yuvraj Singh 7 (5b 1×4 0x6)
    • NM Coulter-Nile 3-0-17-1
    • SR Watson 2-0-8-2
8.6

Coulter-Nile to Kohli, 1 run, flicked off the pads to deep square leg for a single

8.5

Coulter-Nile to Yuvraj Singh, 1 run, a good length ball on middle and leg, Yuvraj tucks the ball behind square leg and he is hobbling again, it’s a real struggle for him to run, shouldn’t he go off?

8.4

Coulter-Nile to Yuvraj Singh, no run, short of a length angling into the left-hander from around the wicket, Yuvraj jumps up and defends

8.3

Coulter-Nile to Kohli, 1 run, there’s that cover drive from Kohli, gets forward and punches the ball through the line, timing it superbly, they could have run two but Yuvraj’s leg isn’t in good shape

Manu: “Yuvi strugles-check”

8.3

Coulter-Nile to Kohli, 1 wide, good length but the line is down leg side, that’s a wide

Anon06: “”The pitches have not been batting friendly, that’s all” That’s exactly the problem we all have with Rohit and Dhawan. They only perform on batting-friendly surfaces, and fail when the bowlers have the advantage. Rarely would they stick it out like Kohli. The main reason why I don’t rate them even though Rohit has 2 doubles in ODIs and a T20I century.”

8.2

Coulter-Nile to Yuvraj Singh, 1 run, tucked off the hips to fine leg and Yuvraj hobbles in pain as he begins to run. What’s happened there? It’s his left leg and he was hopping through to complete the run. The physio comes on to take a look at what’s wrong

8.1

Coulter-Nile to Yuvraj Singh, FOUR, edged but wide of first slip and it beats third man! He wanted to play it to third man but there was a slip in place and it wasn’t too wide of him

Abdullah: “Raina Out! Check!”

End of over 8 (5 runs) India 50/3 (111 runs required from 12 overs, RR: 6.25, RRR: 9.25)

    • V Kohli 13 (11b 2×4 0x6)
    • Yuvraj Singh 1 (1b 0x4 0x6)
    • SR Watson 2-0-8-2
    • JP Faulkner 1-0-8-0
7.6

Watson to Kohli, no run, defended on the front foot, outstanding spell so far from Watto

7.5

Watson to Yuvraj Singh, 1 run, moves forward and clips the length ball off the pads through square leg

Yuvraj is the new batsman.

Raman: “What happened to India’s openers post Australia tour???…Time to find new opening Pair I guess…..” The pitches have not been batting friendly, that’s all.

7.4

Watson to Raina, OUT, Watson has two! He is striving to ensure this is not his final game! He bangs the ball in short and it springs up on the batsman, not coming on to the bat smoothly. Raina moves across in his crease to pull but ends up gloving it to Nevill

SK Raina c †Nevill b Watson 10 (7b 1×4 0x6) SR: 142.85

7.3

Watson to Raina, 2 runs, a full toss on middle stump, Raina moves across in his crease and taps the gently through midwicket, the fielder from the deep has to cover a lot of ground and they have time to come back for two

7.2

Watson to Kohli, 1 run, Kohli leans forward and across with superb balance in his crease and flicks the fuller ball deftly through square leg

7.1

Watson to Raina, 1 run, short of a length and straight, Raina swivels and pulls the ball down through square

karthik: “Lose early wickets – check, Kohli to rescue – check Dhoni to finish – check. Seems we’re on track fellas. Definitely India for the win ;-)” That’s the recipe, for India.

End of over 7 (8 runs) India 45/2 (116 runs required from 13 overs, RR: 6.42, RRR: 8.92)

    • SK Raina 7 (4b 1×4 0x6)
    • V Kohli 12 (9b 2×4 0x6)
    • JP Faulkner 1-0-8-0
    • SR Watson 1-0-3-1
6.6

Faulkner to Raina, 1 run, steered behind point for a single

6.5

Faulkner to Raina, FOUR

6.4

Faulkner to Raina, 2 runs, Raina jumps back and across to a short of a length ball around off and tucks it through square leg, lots of gaps on this vast outfield

Harsh: “I just don’t understand the approach of our Openers. They eat up the Powerplay every time to “settle in” and end up getting out early. Their “neither here nor there” is costing India in every match.”

6.3

Faulkner to Kohli, 1 run, another slow one outside off, Kohli stays back and steers to third man for a single

6.2

Faulkner to Kohli, no run, a full and slower ball on middle and off, Kohli leans across and taps it to midwicket

6.1

Faulkner to Kohli, no run, that’s only his second dot ball, and it pinged off the middle off a front foot punch to cover

Pradip: “Always wanted Tendulkar to take a single and be safe on non-striker for first few overs. For Kohli now I wish the same”

Faulkner to bowl, from over the wicket.

End of over 6 (3 runs) India 37/2 (124 runs required from 14 overs, RR: 6.16, RRR: 8.85)

    • SK Raina 0 (1b 0x4 0x6)
    • V Kohli 11 (6b 2×4 0x6)
    • SR Watson 1-0-3-1
    • JR Hazlewood 3-0-26-0
5.6

Watson to Raina, no run, slower ball on middle, drilled to the left of mid-on, where a surprised Faulkner needs to rush into a dive to stop the ball

Suresh Raina, in yet another pressure situation. Slip in

5.5

Watson to Sharma, OUT, superb bowling! “Come on,” screams Watson and Australia rally around him. He doesn’t want this to be the last match of his career. Bowls a fine cutter, and Rohit doesn’t help matters by premeditating. Came down the track too early and can’t adjust. The ball sticks in the deck a little more, and with Rohit having made room, he is left reaching with a horizontal bat instead of a vertical one. Beats him, and bowls him

RG Sharma b Watson 12 (17b 1×4 0x6) SR: 70.58

5.4

Watson to Sharma, no run, goes full, and the angle into Rohit sets up the flick shot, and he is careful to keep it along the ground.

5.3

Watson to Kohli, 1 run, shortish on leg stump, Kohli has no trouble whipping it off his hips

samy: “Kohli is miles away from the rest of the team. It seems he brings his own pitch with him every time he walks in to bat. If Aussies managed to get his wicket in next few overs its game over for india.”

5.2

Watson to Sharma, 1 run, gets right on top of a shortish delivery on middle and turns it to deep square leg

5.1

Watson to Kohli, 1 run

End of over 5 (10 runs) India 34/1 (127 runs required from 15 overs, RR: 6.80, RRR: 8.46)

    • RG Sharma 11 (14b 1×4 0x6)
    • V Kohli 9 (4b 2×4 0x6)
    • JR Hazlewood 3-0-26-0
    • NM Coulter-Nile 2-0-8-1
4.6

Hazlewood to Sharma, no run, short of a length on off stump, blocked

4.5

Hazlewood to Kohli, 1 run, a little hesitation – you remember what happens when Kohli runs Rohit out right? – but not this time. Soft hands, back of a length ball slotted into the covers, easy single

4.4

Hazlewood to Kohli, FOUR, they made him reach, but that time Kohli made enough of a connection to find back-to-back boundaries, this one at third man. Mohali preps a war cry “Kohli, Kohli, Kohli!”

4.3

Hazlewood to Kohli, FOUR, that was on off stump, but a handy little shuffle across puts him right over the ball, and with such balance, all that was needed was a flick of the wrists. Outrageous strokeplay, and yet it looked so smooth

4.2

Hazlewood to Kohli, no run, and that area outside off is where Australia pitch the first one. Kohli is forward with an angled bat

Adil Shah: “Lets see what has Smith’s got for Kohli. ” —- Slip in immediately

4.1

Hazlewood to Sharma, 1 run, gently worked off his pads through square leg

End of over 4 (6 runs) India 24/1 (137 runs required from 16 overs, RR: 6.00, RRR: 8.56)

    • RG Sharma 10 (12b 1×4 0x6)
    • V Kohli 0 (0b 0x4 0x6)
    • NM Coulter-Nile 2-0-8-1
    • JR Hazlewood 2-0-16-0
3.6

Coulter-Nile to Sharma, 1 run, tucked off the pads through square leg for a single

Kohli is the new batsman, but Rohit has the strike.

3.5

Coulter-Nile to Dhawan, OUT, caught at short fine leg! Coulter-Nile bangs in the heavy bouncer, it rises at pace on Dhawan who hooks but top edges into the air behind the keeper and to short fine leg’s left. Khawaja takes a while to settle under the ball but holds the catch safely in the end

S Dhawan c Khawaja b Coulter-Nile 13 (12b 1×4 1×6) SR: 108.33

3.4

Coulter-Nile to Dhawan, no run, dabbed off the back foot towards backward point

3.3

Coulter-Nile to Dhawan, no run, the slower cutter smacks Dhawan on the stomach after he pulled too early and missed, that ball gripped the pitch and came to the batsman slowly, Dhawan winces and rubs his side

3.2

Coulter-Nile to Sharma, 1 run, this one is a bit slower and Rohit mis-times the pull off the front foot, dragging it towards square leg

3.1

Coulter-Nile to Sharma, FOUR, shot! Pace on the short ball and Rohit uses it, getting on the front foot and pulling flat over the infield at midwicket
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End of over 3 (9 runs) India 18/0 (143 runs required from 17 overs, RR: 6.00, RRR: 8.41)
S Dhawan 13 (9b 1×4 1×6) .
RG Sharma 4 (9b 0x4 0x6) .

JR Hazlewood 2-0-16-0 .
NM Coulter-Nile 1-0-2-0 .

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2.6

Hazlewood to Dhawan, no run, steps out of his crease but has to check his shot towards cover after Hazlewood shortens the length and denies Dhawan the room to attack
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Robin Xavier: “This score looks chasable. Australia lacks quality spinners which means the run-rate cannot be checked once India in full flow.”

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2.5

Hazlewood to Dhawan, no run, good length on middle and off, Dhawan comes forward and plays towards cover
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DaGanXsta: “Com’n Hazlewood! You are better than this.”

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2.4

Hazlewood to Sharma, 1 run, tip and run on the off side, soft hands pushing the ball towards cover
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2.3

Hazlewood to Dhawan, 1 run, dabbed behind point for a single
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2.2

Hazlewood to Dhawan, SIX, shot! Sails over Maxwell’s head at deep square leg! It was a length ball at a faster pace on leg and middle, Dhawan plants his foot forward and swings across the line, great timing and balance on the crease
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2.1

Hazlewood to Dhawan, no run, good length on middle and off, not coming on to the bat, Dhawan pushes off the front foot to mid off
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2.1

Hazlewood to Dhawan, 1 wide, Hazlewood falls over in his follow through after delivering a short of a length ball down leg side, Dhawan can’t connect with the pull
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End of over 2 (2 runs) India 9/0 (152 runs required from 18 overs, RR: 4.50, RRR: 8.44)
RG Sharma 3 (8b 0x4 0x6) .
S Dhawan 6 (4b 1×4 0x6) .

NM Coulter-Nile 1-0-2-0 .
JR Hazlewood 1-0-7-0 .

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1.6

Coulter-Nile to Sharma, no run, Rohit drives on the up with great timing but places it to the point fielder, that ball was length and wide enough for the batsman to free his arms
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1.5

Coulter-Nile to Dhawan, 1 run, there you go, another single, a length ball on the pads and Dhawan clips it through square leg
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Rummy: “Take some singles, guys.”

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1.4

Coulter-Nile to Sharma, 1 run, short ball at pace, Rohit gets on tippy-toe and pulls flat and hard towards deep square leg, the ball gets to Maxwell on the first bounce
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1.3

Coulter-Nile to Sharma, no run, short of a length with width outside off stump, Rohit strides forward and lets the ball pass through to the keeper
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1.2

Coulter-Nile to Sharma, no run, good length again, pitching around off and straightening a touch, Rohit stayed in his crease and defended, was squared up a bit
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1.1

Coulter-Nile to Sharma, no run, good length pitching outside off and coming into the right-hander, Rohit presses forward and defends solidly
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Subu: “Is the ball swinging for Hazlewood?” None at all.

Nathan Coulter-Nile, from over the wicket.

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End of over 1 (7 runs) India 7/0 (154 runs required from 19 overs, RR: 7.00, RRR: 8.10)
RG Sharma 2 (3b 0x4 0x6) .
S Dhawan 5 (3b 1×4 0x6) .

JR Hazlewood 1-0-7-0 .

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0.6

Hazlewood to Sharma, 1 run, opens the face and runs a shortish delivery on and around off stump to deep third man
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0.5

Hazlewood to Sharma, no run, puts it full and just outside off, very little swing or seam for Hazlewood, and Rohit drives through the line to short cover
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0.4

Hazlewood to Dhawan, 1 run, dabbed into the covers, with soft hands, and with the fielders on the circle worried about the boundary, can’t get in early enough
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0.3

Hazlewood to Dhawan, no run, Khawaja at mid-on realised he had to get on this right away at mid-on. Another deft push from Dhawan, but he’s timed it well again.
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That extra cover gap is plugged now.

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0.2

Hazlewood to Dhawan, FOUR, well, that’s an indicator of how good the new ball comes onto the bat. Dhawan steps forward and greets a good length ball outside off with a simple push and it scurries away to the extra cover boundary
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0.1

Hazlewood to Sharma, 1 run, sweet sound off the bat as Rohit gets behind a back of a length ball on middle. Straightforward single to deep midwicket
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The chase is about to begin. The Australians gather on the edge of the boundary, they have 160 to defend. The stadium is packed and filled with optimism, awaiting the players to take the field. Rohit and Dhawan follow the Australians on to the field. One slip in place, Hazlewood has the new ball

Josh Hazlewood with the new ball.

India's Ravichandran Ashwin(R)celebrates with teammate Vuvraj Singh after his dismissal of Australia's David Warner during the World T20 cricket tournament match between India and Australia at The Punjab Cricket Stadium Association Stadium in Mohali on March 27, 2016. / AFP / MONEY SHARMA (Photo credit should read MONEY SHARMA/AFP/Getty Images)

India’s Ravichandran Ashwin(R)celebrates with teammate Vuvraj Singh after his dismissal of Australia’s David Warner during the World T20 cricket tournament match between India and Australia at The Punjab Cricket Stadium Association Stadium in Mohali on March 27, 2016. / AFP / MONEY SHARMA (Photo credit should read MONEY SHARMA/AFP/Getty Images)

 

The build-up is finally over. Game time. Finch and Khawaja stride out to the middle, where the Indians await after their huddle. Khawaja will take strike. Nehra to open the bowling. Left-arm from over the wicket.

7.24 pm The teams are lining up for the national anthems. Australia will go first. Then India.

I can see a few Aussie fans in the crowd, singing along to Advance Australia Fair.. Hopelessly outnumbered though. The crowd put on their mobile lights as they sing the Indian anthem. Flags a plenty. Dhoni has his game face on – an enviable firm jaw.

7.15 pm Tarun: “Australia’s batting is a sheer powerhouse.. Looking at that, i would rather prefer a slow pitch on which through-the-line hitters usually mistime and get out. On a batting track, one has to be bullish towards Australia.”

Sushil: “Batting second that is chasing is difficult in this tournament. Only few of close games where chasing team just crossed the line. Ind should restrict Aus below 160 to give themselves a chance of successful chase.”

Jiten Surtani: “One statement can make the fans comfortable/uncomfortable ! If your captain, after losing the toss, says that he would have also chosen to do what the opposition will be doing – it does jingle up the nerves a bit”

Aditya: “Big match and I am in a train again! But this time i have a full 3g data pack – Cricinfo commentary team – make it good please, you are my only source of information!!!!” No pressure then.

Taco: “@Aprit, I think Afghanistan’s upset will be a major reality check for West Indies. I can see Chris Gayle relishing the chance (in his ultra calm way) to take it to either the Australians or the Indians… I reckon it’ll be West Indies in the final. ”

MAK: “Does the commentary team go for a tea after the toss. Why the comments stop coming after the toss?” We stretch legs and crack fingers, visit the restroom, make some tea, attend to our fantasy teams and things like that because there’s no time for frivolity once it all begins.

Neel Shah: “Samuel Badri, Adam Zampa, Ish Sodhi, Adil Rashid, Imran Tahir — Leg Spinners are having great time in this tournament. While two of the best leg spinners – Yashir Shah and Amit Mishra have been ignored by their respective teams……Pakistan is already out and I have a fear that it would be telling miss for India as well…..They would miss Amit Mishra today.” Yasir Shah’s ban for a failed drugs test has just ended, by the way.

Yethin: “Anyone who says India is not the favourite still not just for this match but the whole tourney is just living in hope. Every tourney will have tight games. It’s the teams that win the games even when not in top gear that win, as they have an extra gear for the latter matches that matter. With so many class batsman due a score, India will be licking their lips at the next three games.”

Toss, 7.00 pm MS Dhoni tosses the coin. Steven Smith calls tails and wins. Australia will bat first. He says he thinks the pitch might slow up later in the day, but he isn’t sure. It is the same pitch that was used for the women’s game between India and West Indies earlier today.

Australia are unchanged from their match against Pakistan.

Dhoni says he wanted to bat first too. He says it looks like a surface the batsmen will love but it depends on how it holds up through the game.

India’s XI is also unchanged from their game against Bangladesh.

BinayakJ: “”Two captains playing against each other now, but within 3 weeks they will be back playing together in the same team in IPL. Cricket is a lovely game.'”

Faisal: “Well well well, interesting choice that from Smith! India are good chasers!!”

6.50 pm We’ve got Mahela Jayawardene, Ian Chappell and Ajit Agarkar on our Match Day show to analyse this game. It will go live at 7 pm. Watch it here.

And also keep the comments coming in, I’ll try and get through as many as possible! Aditya Anchuri: “I want a flat wicket. Turners won’t be good for India, Aus have 2 spinners. Ah for the days of old when Mohali had some pace and bounce.”

Pavan: “If Australia win this and England Women beat Pakistan Women, both the men’s and women’s semi finalists would be Aus, Eng, NZ and WI.”

Arpit: “With all due respect to NZ’s adaptability, England’s fearlessness and Windies’s flamboyance, I think the winner of today’s game would go on to win this worldt20.”

Prahlad: “Zampa and Faulkner will be the key for Australia. India can’t afford to go after them. Watson is an intelligent bowler. Hazlewood’s pace will be an issue for Dhawan and Rohit. So who is left for India to go after?”

Sakib: “It’s simply the battle between how Dhoni will utilize Ashwin’s four overs and how Aussies will handle these four overs. ”

Pomil Proch: “Took a power nap and missed the upset of this WC. Lesson learned. Now I am up and running, even blinking during this gladiator match is not advised.”

Chirag Joshi: “Ashwin’s bowling in power play will be the key for this match. It will be interesting to see how aussie batsmen tackle him. whether they go on full attack against him or just play him for singles and odd boundaries.”

walrus: “As a neutral, India virtually lost the match against Bangladesh, throughout the match with Bangladesh dominating. New Zealand also sent them to the shed very early. A win against Pakistan with ONLY Kohli firing should not mean that the Indians are the favourites here…Backing Australia with their recent form and a pretty good looking line-up.”

El Scorchio: “@ Karthik: Home ground advantage nullified? Low, slow, turning pitch. Stadium full of screaming Indian fans… are you sure about that?”

6.40 pm Twenty minutes to the toss in Mohali.

Jiten: “I simply can’t understand one thing – Both lost to New Zealand (India lost in a worse fashion), both defeated Pakistan and Bangladesh (Australia won that in a more comfortable manner)… then why does India start as favorites, and not Australia… Let’s face it, India were pre-tournament favorites based on their form coming into the tournament – which has not YET been replicated ! ”

Drew: “Aussie’s should open with Warner and Watson, and have the rest pad up and bat according to the game conditions.”

Mark: “Painful as it is for an Englishman to say it, George, I would make Australia favourites because, after a slow start, they seem to be running into some form. India have just been awfully irregular and have the pressure of the crowd and expectations to weigh them down: if the crowd get after them, as they can, it could be the final straw for their chances.”

Khaqan Khan: “India should simply bowl first after winning the toss so that Kohli guides the chase and win it for india. Otherwise Aus is capable of chasing anything.”

Rahul: “Ashwin will be key for India’s win today along with Bhumrah. I reckon batting first after winning toss”

Sundar: “Something beautiful happened in the WI-Afg game. Yes, Afghanistan, won and that in itself is beautiful, but Gayle celebrated and took photos with Afghanistan. Only a West Indian. Gotta love’em.”

6.29 pm West Indies Women have defended ten runs in the final over to knock India Women out and qualify for the semi-finals. The decks will now be cleared in Mohali for the Australia-India game. The boundaries will be pushed back, and the majority of the crowd will file in.

Siddhesh: “If Australia beat India today, there will be no Asian team in a contest being held in the subcontinent! Might well be fitting, given how different the conditions have been compared to what was expected.”

Jiten Chandaran: “Curator says no dew likely so not sure if India should bat first and try and defend with no dew and hopefully scoreboard pressure on a good batting wicket, or back the batsman to chase down a score. Maybe losing the toss won’t be the worst thing, but if India win the toss, I guess MSD would like to field first.”

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6.17 pm Afghanistan have just beaten West Indies, defending 10 in the final over. West Indies have a good enough net run rate to finish top of Group 1, though, ahead of England and will play their semi-final in Mumbai, against the winner of tonight’s game between Australia and India.

Anchal Badariya: “India has played 45% dot deliveries in this world cup as compared to Australia playing only 36%. That could be the difference today. Want India to improve on this front. Go India Go!”

Karthik: “Barring the first match, India’s opponents have been playing the second consecutive match at the same venue (i.e. Pak at Eden, Bangladesh at Chinnaswamy and now Oz at Mohali). Given the vastly different nature of pitches across venues, the home advantage for India is vastly neutralized. ”

Ganesh Tiwari: “So, nobody will be expecting the pitch like that of Kolkata played between India and Pakistan… Anyway, I am desperately waiting this match from mid-days.. Bring a thrilling contest here.”

Tharun Raj: “Is it true that Mohali pitch has been doctored to suit spin???” Nothing confirmed. Australia and India will play on the same pitch that the India and West Indies women are using in Mohali. And there has been nothing extreme about it – just some turn and a little variable bounce. Nothing like Kolkata and maybe not even to Nagpur’s degree.

6.05 pm Potential upset alertAfghanistan might beat West Indies in Nagpur. But West Indies need to score only 101 to seal top spot in Group 1.

Shreyas: “Well. Contradiction to 2011 WC we have already 3 non Asian teams in the semis!! Can steve outsmart Dhoni today? #indvsaus”

6.00 pm Good evening, and welcome to ESPNcricinfo’s ball-by-ball coverage of the match that will decide the last semi-finalist of the 2016 World T20. India and Australia are battling for the right to play in Mumbai – where West Indies await – on March 31. Both teams have lost to New Zealand, and beaten Bangladesh and Pakistan, on their journey to this showdown. This match promises tremendous entertainment and here’s hoping the cricket lives up to the build-up.

India have played an unchanged XI through this tournament. Australia have used all of their players apart from seamer Andrew Tye. India have beaten Australia in their last five T20Is. Does that make them favourites tonight? Here’s Brydon Coverdale’s preview of the game.

Australia allrounder Shane Watson had announced his retirement ahead of the match against Pakistan, and in the lead-up to this contest he repeatedly said he was keen to make the most of the “last few games” he has left. He could have just one left, but it also could be three.

There’s been a lot of talk and rumour about the pitch being changed for this match, but it’s a lot of he-said-she-said at the moment, with nothing confirmed. The women’s match between India and West Indies is taking place on the same surface that the men will use, and it has turned a bit and had variable bounce.

0.1

Nehra to Khawaja, FOUR, too short, and there’s no pace on this pitch, it sits up for the left-hander and Khawaja dismisses it to the square leg boundary with a pull along the ground

0.2

Nehra to Khawaja, no run, Khawaja begins to try and cut it but then checks his shot, let’s it pass through to the keeper, Nehra’s length was better and his line outside off

0.3

Nehra to Khawaja, no run, he’s properly beaten this time by a superb ball! Nehra slants it into the left-hander from over the wicket, landing on a great length around off sump, the ball seams away sharply and Khawaja is beaten as he poked from his crease

0.4

Nehra to Khawaja, no run, cut off the back foot but he can’t beat point

0.5

Nehra to Khawaja, no run, short of a length delivery outside off and that ball keeps rather low, Khawaja tries to cut from his crease but gets beaten on the bottom edge

0.6

Nehra to Khawaja, no run, terrific comeback from Nehra after that first-ball four, the last ball pitches on a good length and seams away, squaring up the left-hander and beating the bat as he tries to defend

End of over 1 (4 runs) Australia 4/0 (RR: 4.00)

    • UT Khawaja 4 (6b 1×4)
    • AJ Finch 0 (0b)
    • A Nehra 1-0-4-0
1.1

Bumrah to Finch, 1 run, risky run to get off the mark! Finch pushes towards mid-on and takes on Pandya rushing in, he misses at the non-striker’s end. He might have just made it even with a direct hit

1.2

Bumrah to Khawaja, FOUR, a length ball on a pretty straight line, Khawaja gets on the front foot and hoists it over the infield at midwicket for his second boundary

1.3

Bumrah to Khawaja, FOUR, a length ball again and that disappears too! Khawaja presses forward and lofts the ball wide of the fielder at mid-on

1.4

Bumrah to Khawaja, FOUR, three in a row! Bumrah goes around the wicket to change his line but his length is the same – poor. Khawaja stays on his crease and pulls, hitting the ball along the ground behind square leg. Cracking start.

1.5

Bumrah to Khawaja, no run, played from the crease to cover point

Sai: “Dhoni should use Bumrah very scarcely in the powerplay and save his overs for the end”

1.6

Bumrah to Khawaja, FOUR, amazing over for the Aussies! Khawaja stays back to a short of a length ball and cuts late and deftly past the fielder at short third man. 17 runs off the over

End of over 2 (17 runs) Australia 21/0 (RR: 10.50)

    • UT Khawaja 20 (11b 5×4)
    • AJ Finch 1 (1b)
    • JJ Bumrah 1-0-17-0
    • A Nehra 1-0-4-0
2.1

Nehra to Finch, no run, Finch walks down the pitch and slightly towards the off side to whip the ball off his hips but he misses, that passed over leg stump

Hotshot007: “This is a recurring problem from the previous matches. Bumrah bowlers perfect yorkers at the death, but doesn’t even attempt it in his first spell within the PP. Baffling.”

2.2

Nehra to Finch, FOUR, Nehra loses his line, spraying it wide outside off from over the wicket, Finch reaches for it and unleashes a mighty cut, the ball was so far outside off that it connected with the toe of the bat but still raced through point

2.3

Nehra to Finch, 1 run, closer to off stump this time and Finch bottom edges the cut into the ground through to Dhoni, who doesn’t collect cleanly

2.4

Nehra to Khawaja, FOUR, Khawaja is on fire! He steps out of his crease and Nehra follows him with a full ball, trying to cramp him for room, Khawaja flicks and gets an inside edge between the pads that goes past short fine leg for his sixth boundary!

2.5

Nehra to Khawaja, no run, good length on off and middle, Khawaja stays on his crease and pushes to mid-on, he sends Finch back

2.6

Nehra to Khawaja, 1 run, tucked off the pads in front off square leg for a single

Bharat: “Khawaja is a left hander and finch doesn’t play spin all that well. Makes more sense to go with Ashwin. Cant imagine dhoni missed this trick.”

End of over 3 (10 runs) Australia 31/0 (RR: 10.33)

    • UT Khawaja 25 (14b 6×4)
    • AJ Finch 6 (4b 1×4)
    • A Nehra 2-0-14-0
    • JJ Bumrah 1-0-17-0

Drew: “Khawaja not up for running today…” Indeed, six fours in his 25.

Waqaas Rumani: “Looks like a superb wicket to bat on. Ball is travelling to the boundary even of the toe end of the bat. If that is the case, I would say Australia need at least 190 plus. Should be interesting to see the chase !”

Here’s R Ashwin, from around the wicket with a slip.

3.1

Ashwin to Khawaja, 1 run, a full ball around off stump, Khawaja leans forward and flicks for a single

Snehal: “I just don’t understand how a bowler gives away 4 boundaries in an over and then come back to bowl in death overs and bowls all yorkers, why can’t Bhumrah do that to begin with?” Maybe the new ball is harder to bowl yorkers with?

3.2

Ashwin to Finch, no run, backs away far outside leg to hit through the off side but mis-times to the bowler

3.3

Ashwin to Finch, SIX, massive! Finch moves outside leg and comes forward to slam a full ball far over the long-on boundary, that was hit beautifully

3.4

Ashwin to Finch, SIX, this one isn’t as beautiful but it’s good enough to beat the leaping fielder on the edge of the long-on boundary! Finch gave it everything again, but did not connect as well as the previous one

3.5

Ashwin to Finch, 5 wides, that is so wide outside leg stump, Dhoni has no chance, and short fine leg can’t stop it either! Five extras to the total

3.5

Ashwin to Finch, 1 wide, what is with this line? Extremely wide down leg again, this time Dhoni was wise enough to move early

3.5

Ashwin to Finch, 2 runs, flicked through square leg and they run hard to come back for the second

3.6

Ashwin to Finch, 1 run, clipped off the pads behind square for a single. Ashwin has been dismantled in that over

Safa: “ASHWIN WHAT ARE YOU DOING”

End of over 4 (22 runs) Australia 53/0 (RR: 13.25)

    • AJ Finch 21 (9b 1×4 2×6)
    • UT Khawaja 26 (15b 6×4)
    • R Ashwin 1-0-22-0
    • A Nehra 2-0-14-0

Saj: “Did somebody just say Finch can’t play spin?”

Nehra to bowl his third over.

4.1

Nehra to Finch, 1 run, nothing is going India’s way! Finch jumped back to flick but got a leading edge that lobbed over midwicket, Raina was walking in but then had to stop and rush back … he could not get to it in time

4.2

Nehra to Khawaja, OUT, caught behind and the crowd roars for the first time in this game! Khawaja drove hard at a good length ball that shaped away from him from around off stump and got a thick edge through to Dhoni. India have their first wicket. That ball flew rapidly to the keeper.

UT Khawaja c †Dhoni b Nehra 26 (16b 6×4 0x6) SR: 162.50

Drew Foster: “@George Binoy That line was coerced by Finch’s open stance to Ashwin outside leg stump. Excellent improvisation by Finch for t20 against the spinner.”

Warner walks in at No. 3, to deafening chants of “Indiaaaa, Indiaa.”

4.3

Nehra to Warner, no run, cracks his first ball to short cover with a firm drive, can’t find the gap

4.4

Nehra to Warner, 1 run, good length angling in to the left-hander, Warner stays on his crease and pushes towards mid off

Ram: “For the first time in a long time, I am sensing nerves in the Indian fielding. That wicket should calm them, somewhat.”

4.5

Nehra to Finch, no run, good length outside off, Finch stays in his crease and plays the ball to point

4.6

Nehra to Finch, no run, a slightly slower one from Nehra to finish, Finch tries to dab it on the leg side but is hit on the thigh, he misjudged the pace. That’s the first over without a boundary

riad: “This is called the experience.nehra you beauty.”

End of over 5 (2 runs) Australia 55/1 (RR: 11.00)

    • AJ Finch 22 (12b 1×4 2×6)
    • DA Warner 1 (2b)
    • A Nehra 3-0-16-1
    • R Ashwin 1-0-22-0
5.1

Bumrah to Warner, 1 leg bye, an appeal for lbw after Warner is hit on the pad by a skiddy ball from around the wicket, that was missing leg, they run a leg bye after the ball goes towards Dhoni’s left

5.2

Bumrah to Finch, no run, over the wicket to the right-hander, a length ball outside off, Finch drives firmly from his crease but can’t beat cover

5.3

Bumrah to Finch, no run, he’s nailed the drive again but can’t beat mid-off this time, Bumrah has got away with two ordinary balls, still bowling length on this pitch

5.4

Bumrah to Finch, 1 run, stays in his crease and pushes at the ball, shorter length this time and the outside edge goes down to third man

5.5

Bumrah to Warner, 1 run, stays back and tucks the good length ball through midwicket, Bumrah is skidding these balls into Warner, hurrying him

5.6

Bumrah to Finch, 1 run, good length angling into Finch, who closes the face of his bat to turn the ball towards wide mid-on for a single

Rohan: “Why is Bumrah bowling now? He is clearly our only praying hope in the death overs against this lineup. On another note, Rohit and Dhawan need to fire today, no more ‘settling in’ nonsense. Aus looking for 200 here.”

End of over 6 (4 runs) Australia 59/1 (RR: 9.83)

    • AJ Finch 24 (16b 1×4 2×6)
    • DA Warner 2 (4b)
    • JJ Bumrah 2-0-20-0
    • A Nehra 3-0-16-1

Jose…P: “Was Ussie driving a F1 car in a bike rally? But for Nehraji putting the speed breaker… ~!”

Prasanna S: “@Drew Foster – Totally agree. Ashwin going round the wicket right away for right handers makes him little predictable. He should bowl over the wicket initially for right handers spinning the ball from outside off that would make Finch’s stance little risky.”

Ravindra Jadeja to bowl left-arm spin from around the wicket. There’s a slip in place.

6.1

Jadeja to Finch, 1 run, pushed off the front foot to long off for a single

Over the wicket to the left-hander.

6.2

Jadeja to Warner, 2 runs, Warner presses forward a bit too early but then waits and dabs the ball behind point, Warner races between the wickets, really urgent running to come back for the second

6.3

Jadeja to Warner, no run, punched off the front foot to covers for a single

6.4

Jadeja to Warner, 1 run, shorter and flatter ball, Warner stays back and taps the ball towards long on for a single

6.5

Jadeja to Finch, no run, slides on with the arm from around the wicket, Finch cuts off the back foot and Bumrah makes an awkward stop as the ball spins away from him at point

6.6

Jadeja to Finch, 1 run, flat and short, Finch goes back and hits the ball to long on

End of over 7 (5 runs) Australia 64/1 (RR: 9.14)

    • AJ Finch 26 (19b 1×4 2×6)
    • DA Warner 5 (7b)
    • RA Jadeja 1-0-5-0
    • JJ Bumrah 2-0-20-0

Kanav: “Dhoni pls pls pls try Yuvraj. He has made a differnce for India in such crunch situations.” Yuvraj’s dad had a strong opinion on his son not bowling much in this tournament.

7.1

Ashwin to Finch, 1 wide, Ashwin returns and once again bowls outside leg stump from around the wicket

7.1

Ashwin to Finch, 1 run, hit through midwicket from outside leg stump for a single

7.2

Ashwin to Warner, 1 run, bowls on to Warner’s pads and he tucks it towards square leg, Warner’s running is intense again but just the single this time

7.3

Ashwin to Finch, FOUR, a superb punchy drive off the back foot, Ashwin dropped short and drifted across the right-hander, Finch went back and towards leg to make room and hit the ball hard through covers

7.4

Ashwin to Finch, 1 run, goes back and places the ball in front of square leg for one more

7.5

Ashwin to Warner, OUT, stumped! Warner skipped down the track but could not get to the pitch of the delivery, perhaps he came forward too early and Ashwin shortened his length and slowed the pace down too. The ball spun away from the left-hander and beat Warner’s helpless prod. Dhoni did the rest

DA Warner st †Dhoni b Ashwin 6 (9b 0x4 0x6) SR: 66.66

Smith is the new batsman.g

7.6

Ashwin to Smith, 1 run, goes deep into his crease to tuck the ball off his pads through square leg

End of over 8 (9 runs) Australia 73/2 (RR: 9.12)

    • SPD Smith 1 (1b)
    • AJ Finch 32 (22b 2×4 2×6)
    • R Ashwin 2-0-31-1
    • RA Jadeja 1-0-5-0

Avnish: “Dhoni paused for a fraction before stumping Warner, letting him look back as to what had happened. Masterclass from Ashwin and Dhoni!”

Prashant : “What a waste of batting position for Warner.. He should always open, Khawaja coming after 1 down.. ”

8.1

Jadeja to Smith, no run, a flighted delivery into the right-hander, Smith reaches for it on the front foot and plays it back to the bowler

8.2

Jadeja to Smith, no run, driven to Jadeja’s left and he dives full length to cut off the single

8.3

Jadeja to Smith, no run, pushed off the front foot into the covers

8.4

Jadeja to Smith, 1 run, slow pace from Jadeja, Smith moves forward and pushes the ball gently towards long on

8.5

Jadeja to Finch, no run, that’s a quick round-arm dart from around the wicket, hits the pad but that was missing leg

8.6

Jadeja to Finch, no run, played back to the bowler, sharp fielding again to limit Australia to just the single in the over

End of over 9 (1 run) Australia 74/2 (RR: 8.22)

    • AJ Finch 32 (24b 2×4 2×6)
    • SPD Smith 2 (5b)
    • RA Jadeja 2-0-6-0
    • R Ashwin 2-0-31-1

apil: “Poor batting from Warner. Plain ridiculous. Finch had complete control on proceedings and Ashwin was under pressure and Warner just throws it away. Jadeja could have been taken for cleaners had Warner stayed”

Yuvraj is going to bowl!

9.1

Yuvraj Singh to Smith, OUT, and he has struck first ball!!! An incredible turn of events. That is his first ball of the tournament. He fired it in quick from around the wicket and got the ball to bounce a bit away from the right-hander, Smith stayed back and wafted at the ball. Dhoni went up rightaway, but Smith looked unhappy. I’ll wait for replays to confirm if there was an edge or not. Smith was beaten on the inside edge as he tried to cut, it doesn’t look like there was an edge. Nothing definite on snicko. Smith may be unlucky.

SPD Smith c †Dhoni b Yuvraj Singh 2 (6b 0x4 0x6) SR: 33.33

Maxwell comes in.

9.2

Yuvraj Singh to Maxwell, 1 run, dabbed off the pads through midwicket for a single

9.3

Yuvraj Singh to Finch, (no ball) 1 run, driven through covers for a single, Yuvraj has over-stepped, free-hit coming up.

9.3

Yuvraj Singh to Maxwell, no run, a fast ball at 105 kph! Maxwell tries to slog too hard and misses it

9.4

Yuvraj Singh to Maxwell, 1 run, goes back and tucks the ball off the pads through square leg

9.5

Yuvraj Singh to Finch, 1 wide, fires the ball down leg side, Finch misses the sweep

9.5

Yuvraj Singh to Finch, 1 run, goes back and swats the ball to long on for a single

9.6

Yuvraj Singh to Maxwell, 1 run, dabbed off the back foot through midwicket for a single. That was Yuvraj’s first over in this World T20. Can’t say it was uneventful.

End of over 10 (7 runs) Australia 81/3 (RR: 8.10)

    • GJ Maxwell 3 (4b)
    • AJ Finch 34 (26b 2×4 2×6)
    • Yuvraj Singh 1-0-7-1
    • RA Jadeja 2-0-6-0

Ahmad: “All the wickets belong to Dhoni. He is behind those Physically And Mentally Both!!”

Hardik Pandya comes on to bowl.

Pranil: “Only 25 runs in last 6 overs : great come back by india”

10.1

Pandya to Maxwell, no run, tennis ball bounce for that short of a length ball around off, Maxwell sways away and tries to ramp it over the keeper, he is beaten

10.2

Pandya to Maxwell, no run, that ball keeps really low from short of a length, Maxwell was shaping to ramp to third man again but then had to jam his bat down on it, the ball hit him near the waist

10.3

Pandya to Maxwell, 2 runs, chipped in the air towards deep square leg, Raina’s throw from the deep sails over Dhoni’s head and concedes an overthrow

10.4

Pandya to Maxwell, no run, short of a length around off, played back to the bowler

10.5

Pandya to Maxwell, 1 run, short of a length and that keeps low too, Maxwell stays back and swats behind square

10.6

Pandya to Finch, 1 run, pushed to long off for a single

End of over 11 (4 runs) Australia 85/3 (RR: 7.72)

    • AJ Finch 35 (27b 2×4 2×6)
    • GJ Maxwell 6 (9b)
    • HH Pandya 1-0-4-0
    • Yuvraj Singh 1-0-7-1
11.1

Yuvraj Singh to Finch, 1 run, Finch backs away a long way outside leg, Yuvraj follows him, Finch hits the ball along the ground to long off

karthik: “Seems like ball is holding up a bit, should Aus reach 150+, this could be an interesting run-chase.”

11.2

Yuvraj Singh to Maxwell, 2 runs, gets down on one knee and sweeps to deep square leg for two more

11.3

Yuvraj Singh to Maxwell, 2 runs, a really slow ball on off and middle, Maxwell lofts clean over the bowler’s head and Raina makes a great save! He comes running hard from long off and slaps the ball back into play as it was bouncing over the boundary

11.4

Yuvraj Singh to Maxwell, 1 run, 102 kph, faster ball, Maxwell gets down low and sweeps

11.5

Yuvraj Singh to Finch, 1 run, punched off the back foot to long on for a single

11.6

Yuvraj Singh to Maxwell, 1 run, the reverse sweep for a single

End of over 12 (8 runs) Australia 93/3 (RR: 7.75)

    • GJ Maxwell 12 (13b)
    • AJ Finch 37 (29b 2×4 2×6)
    • Yuvraj Singh 2-0-15-1
    • HH Pandya 1-0-4-0
12.1

Pandya to Maxwell, 1 run, swipes at the short of a length ball and cross bats it long off for a single

12.2

Pandya to Finch, no run, short of a length again and the ball isn’t coming on to the bat, Finch pulls but gets beaten on the bottom edge

Suyog: “Speaking of comebacks, Finch is such a key player. Always comes good in key moments! How was Australia not able to find place for him earlier?”

12.3

Pandya to Finch, 2 runs, short of a length outside off, Finch drags it to wide long-on, where Kohli fumbles. Maxwell pounces on the mistake and races back for the second. Kohli’s throw is good but Maxwell is safe by the time Pandya breaks the stumps

12.4

Pandya to Finch, no run, Finch tries to pull again but fails to make contact

12.5

Pandya to Finch, FOUR, short ball again but this time Finch nails the pull, smashing it in front of deep backward square leg to bring up the 100 for Australia

12.6

Pandya to Finch, OUT, short again, pulls again and this Pandya wins the contest! Finch seemed to be hurried for time as he swung across the line and mis-timed it to Dhawan at deep midwicket, that was taken well inside the boundary

AJ Finch c Dhawan b Pandya 43 (34b 3×4 2×6) SR: 126.47

End of over 13 (7 runs) Australia 100/4 (RR: 7.69)

    • GJ Maxwell 13 (14b)
    • HH Pandya 2-0-11-1
    • Yuvraj Singh 2-0-15-1

Watson is the new batsman.

Niraj Gautam: “This format of cricket is just crazy. You keep on watching and can’t even understand when the momentum shifted.” When Warner fell?

13.1

Yuvraj Singh to Maxwell, 1 wide, drifts down legside from around the wicket

13.1

Yuvraj Singh to Maxwell, no run, defends on the front foot towards the leg side, Yuvraj races to his right to field

13.2

Yuvraj Singh to Maxwell, 2 runs, gets on the front foot, down on one knee, and sweeps hard, “Bowler’s end!!!” is the yell to the fielder in the deep but Watson makes it back easily

13.3

Yuvraj Singh to Maxwell, no run, Maxwell pokes from his crease and gets an outside edge on the off side

13.4

Yuvraj Singh to Maxwell, no run, fired in at 104 kph, Maxwell gets hit on the pad

13.5

Yuvraj Singh to Maxwell, 1 run, really slow now, 82 kph, Maxwell steps out and flicks the ball through midwicket

13.6

Yuvraj Singh to Watson, no run, a flighted ball dips on Watson on the off stump line, he leans forward to play it but gets an edge towards short third man

End of over 14 (4 runs) Australia 104/4 (RR: 7.42)

    • SR Watson 0 (1b)
    • GJ Maxwell 16 (19b)
    • Yuvraj Singh 3-0-19-1
    • HH Pandya 2-0-11-1

Sridhar: “Waiting for contest between Ravi Ashiwn vs Glenn Maxwell”

14.1

Pandya to Maxwell, 1 run, short of a length outside off, the ball grips the pitch and does not come on to the bat, Maxwell backs away and hits it to long off

14.2

Pandya to Watson, 1 wide, strays down leg side and concedes another wide, a fair number of those today

Pradeep: “No boundaries for Maxwell after 16 odd bowls, some serious cricket going on in mohali.”

14.2

Pandya to Watson, FOUR, short ball again, Pandya is pounding the middle of this pitch, Watson is ready and waiting on the front foot and he plays a powerful pull to the square leg boundary

14.3

Pandya to Watson, 1 run, fuller length this time, Watson goes back and turns the ball off the pads through square leg

14.4

Pandya to Maxwell, 1 run, good length and the ball stops on Maxwell as he pushes towards the bowler, the ball goes past the stumps at the bowler’s end for a sngle

14.5

Pandya to Watson, 1 run, moves back and across and tucks the ball off the pads for a single

14.6

Pandya to Maxwell, 1 run, backs away and slogs at a length ball that does not come on to the bat, he’s timed it so badly that the ball falls well short of the man at long off

End of over 15 (10 runs) Australia 114/4 (RR: 7.60)

    • GJ Maxwell 19 (22b)
    • SR Watson 6 (4b 1×4)
    • HH Pandya 3-0-21-1
    • Yuvraj Singh 3-0-19-1

Melvin Sunny: “Yesterday Munro batted some 25+ balls without any boundary. Now Maxwell. Not the kind of pitches for slogging in this tournament!”

Rak: “Though the momentum is shifted towards India, Australia are well positioned in the game. The ball is holding up and that run flow in the first 4 overs of the innings will make difference.” Reckon 150-160 will be a challenging chase.

15.1

Jadeja to Maxwell, 1 run, closes the face of the bat against the turn and the leading edge goes behind point

15.2

Jadeja to Watson, 1 leg bye, Watson leans forward and across and nudges the ball off the pads behind square leg

15.3

Jadeja to Maxwell, 1 run, has Watson been run out backing up too far? Jadeja appeals after Maxwell’s fierce drive rebounds off the stumps at the bowler’s end towards long on. Jadeja did not get a hand on it

15.4

Jadeja to Watson, 1 wide, bowled down leg side again to concede another wide, Watson misses the slog sweep

15.4

Jadeja to Watson, 1 run, cut off the back foot towards short third man

15.5

Jadeja to Maxwell, FOUR, that’s Maxwell’s first boundary! Gets down on one knee and lofts the ball with the angle into him from around the wicket, slog sweeping to the long leg boundary

15.6

Jadeja to Maxwell, SIX, he’s smashed it! Maxwell unfurls the reverse pull, blitzing the full toss far over the cover boundary. Might have been the switch. Will have to see replays. It was the switch-hit.

End of over 16 (15 runs) Australia 129/4 (RR: 8.06)

    • GJ Maxwell 31 (26b 1×4 1×6)
    • SR Watson 7 (6b 1×4)
    • RA Jadeja 3-0-20-0
    • HH Pandya 3-0-21-1
16.1

Bumrah to Watson, 1 run, a full ball as Bumrah returns from over the wicket, Watson drives to long on on the front foot

16.2

Bumrah to Maxwell, no run, Maxwell tries to switch hit behind point this time but is beaten by Bumrah’s slower ball

16.3

Bumrah to Maxwell, OUT, bowled him with the slower ball! Maxwell heaved across the line so, so early that he was almost through the shot before the ball arrived. He had backed away towards leg to make a bit of room too. Bumrah clipped the top of off stump.

GJ Maxwell b Bumrah 31 (28b 1×4 1×6) SR: 110.71

16.4

Bumrah to Faulkner, 1 run, in the blockhole now, dug out towards mid-on for a single

16.5

Bumrah to Watson, no run, slower ball outside off, Watson steers to backward point and wants one, Faulkner says no

16.6

Bumrah to Watson, 1 run, nearly in the blockhole now, a very low full toss, Watson backs away to leg and drives to long off

End of over 17 (3 runs) Australia 132/5 (RR: 7.76)

    • SR Watson 9 (9b 1×4)
    • JP Faulkner 1 (1b)
    • JJ Bumrah 3-0-23-1
    • RA Jadeja 3-0-20-0

Avnish: “Can’t believe Bumrah went for 17 runs in his first over! What a comeback! Shows great spirit and fighting strength this young man!”

Nehra’s back …

17.1

Nehra to Watson, 1 run, a good length ball angling across the right-hander from over the wicket, Watson stays back and steers to point for a single

Shashi: “Bumrah is a far better bowler in the death overs. Dhoni should not use him to open the bowling. Proven time & again in this tournament.”

17.2

Nehra to Faulkner, 1 run, a skiddy good length delivery on the pads, Faulkner stays in his crease and pushes through midwicket

17.3

Nehra to Watson, 1 run, driven firmly to long off, a low full toss, Kohli races to the ball and unleashes a rocket throw to prevent the second

17.4

Nehra to Faulkner, no run, a slower ball on a good length on leg and middle stump, Faulkner defends with a straight bat to the bowler

17.5

Nehra to Faulkner, no run, Faulkner moves torwards the off to play the scoop over short fine leg, but Nehra is wise to it and bowls a full and wide ball outside off, beating the bat

17.6

Nehra to Faulkner, 1 run, in the blockhole to complete a top over for India! Faulkner can only dig it out on the off side for a single

End of over 18 (4 runs) Australia 136/5 (RR: 7.55)

    • JP Faulkner 3 (5b)
    • SR Watson 11 (11b 1×4)
    • A Nehra 4-0-20-1
    • JJ Bumrah 3-0-23-1

Rishav: “Looks like pandya have to bowl 20th over again unless dhoni believes in ashwin or jadeja to bowl that.”

rhys: “Bumrah for the 20th over. Pandya for the 19th? I would have thought Dhoni would let Nehra bowl the 19th”

Bumrah to bowl …

18.1

Bumrah to Faulkner, FOUR, short of a length outside off and Faulkner gets it away, riding the bounce and steering behind point into the empty space on the third man boundary

18.2

Bumrah to Faulkner, 1 run, spears in the yorker from over the wicket, Faulkner leans forward and digs it out between midwicket and mid-on

18.3

Bumrah to Watson, 1 run, a full toss and Watson mis-times the pull off the front foot, 138 kph that was, the ball fell well short of deep midwicket

18.4

Bumrah to Faulkner, 1 run, a low full toss and Faulkner chips it over the bowlers head, long-on runs to his left to field

18.5

Bumrah to Watson, 1 run, Watson clears his front foot and hacks across the line at a good length ball, mis-times it through midwicket

18.6

Bumrah to Faulkner, 1 run, another low full toss, Watson stays low too and drives hard but the shot is intercepted by a diving Rohit at cover! Superb effort

End of over 19 (9 runs) Australia 145/5 (RR: 7.63)

    • JP Faulkner 10 (9b 1×4)
    • SR Watson 13 (13b 1×4)
    • JJ Bumrah 4-0-32-1
    • A Nehra 4-0-20-1

ahmed: “I really do not understand people who say Bumrah shouldnt open bowling! He is a special talent, really? Special talent of bowling yorkers? Come on guys, let him be versatile enough!”

Ganesh : “That’s really an incredible spell by old horse Nehraji under the circumstances!”

Vips: “Surprisingly not even one good comment about Nehra’s bowling. He was awesome today, breaking that dangerous partnership and being economical during the power play. He for me was the pick of the bowlers today.”

Pandya to bowl the final over, again.

19.1

Pandya to Faulkner, OUT, caught at long on! It’s a good length ball that does not come on to the bat, Faulkner makes room and slogs, but mis-times the ball straight to Kohli in the deep. Will Australia get to 150?

JP Faulkner c Kohli b Pandya 10 (10b 1×4 0x6) SR: 100.00

Allen: “Pandya our last over specialist”

Shawn: “This looks like a huge ground. The key in India’s chase will be the rotation of strike and convert 1’s into 2’s. ”

19.2

Pandya to Watson, no run, Watson backs away towards leg and slashes at a short of a length ball wide outside off, he can’t connect. Two dot balls to start the final over

19.3

Pandya to Watson, FOUR, a streaky four! Watson makes room again and then lunges at a full ball outside off, he gets a thick outside edge that goes wide of Dhoni to the third man boundary

19.4

Pandya to Watson, 1 run, a low full toss, Watson drills it to long off to take Australia to 150

19.5

Pandya to Nevill, FOUR, what a shot to execute first ball! Nevill moves back in his crease and towards the off side to scoop a length ball over short fine leg for four

Ger Siggins: “There’s never been fewer than two Asian sides in the semi-finals of a wt20; extraordinarily for an event in India, this year there could be none.” Or one, Ger! It might be a dogfight of a chase.

19.6

Pandya to Nevill, SIX

End of over 20 (15 runs) Australia 160/6

    • PM Nevill 10 (2b 1×4 1×6)
    • SR Watson 18 (16b 2×4)
    • HH Pandya 4-0-36-2
    • JJ Bumrah 4-0-32-1
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